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New Generation of Rooftop Farms in Montreal – #2 Lufa Farm in 2012


Future Lufa Farms greenhouses will measure 80,000-120,000 square feet, and will sit atop LEED-certified industrial buildings. Above, an architect’s concept.

“Projects like those envisioned by Le Groupe Montoni and Lufa Farms, can be an important step to a more energy-effective and food-independent Montreal.”

Sept. 12, 2011, Montreal

Excerpt:

Lufa Farms Inc., creator of the world’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse, yesterday announced a co-operative agreement with green industrial-park specialist Le Groupe Montoni of Laval to develop LEED-certified industrial buildings capable of supporting commercial greenhouses.

The agreement is expected to result in several new rooftop farms in and around Montreal, beginning next year.

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“Is city-grown food safe?”

“We need to ask more questions of our food supply, both urban and rural.”

By Eli Zigas
Grist
13 Sept 2011

Excerpt:

As someone who works on urban agricultural policy, I’m often asked, “Is city-grown food safe?” The question comes from aspiring urban gardeners and concerned eaters alike. And it seems to stem from both a fear of the known and a fear of the unknown.

First, the fear of the known: Common urban contaminants include lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals leaked into soil from old paint, leaded gasoline, modern car exhaust, and industrial land-use.

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Published! – Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture

40 urban agriculture projects, created by designers from the United States and around the world

By Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar, and Joe Nasr
The Monacelli Press
Hardcover Available September 20, 2011

Appealing to both design professionals and individuals curious about current ideas and initiatives for growing food in close proximity to the point of consumption, CARROT CITY: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture by Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar, and Joe Nasr presents 40 projects, created by designers from the United States and around the world, that explore innovative approaches to making space for urban food production.

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